January 8 Sunday Preview, from The Rev. Kaji Douša
Rabbi Jordie Gerson
I love to visit. I love the rest that comes after a long journey, when we sit with people we love and we…are better for it.
This Sunday we celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord, the visitation of the three magi (who may or may not have been men). We will celebrate Epiphany with an interesting and important twist: Rabbi Jordie Gerson will be our visiting preacher.
Rabbi Gerson will be preaching on “Welcoming the Stranger and the Refugee: Gifts from Unexpected Places”. Rabbi Gerson, a graduate of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York City, and Harvard Divinity School, is a well-known writer and speaker who served as a Rabbi at Yale University and New York University and is a frequent contributor to The Forward, The Huffington Post, and the Harvard Divinity Bulletin.
This Sunday, she’ll be teaching us about the ancient Jewish value of hachnasat orchim – welcoming the stranger, by calling upon this week’s Torah portion (Vayigash – when Joseph’s brothers arrive in Egypt as refugees), the story of the magi, and the Syrian refugee crisis.
Visit with us a while as we enter into the story of the magi – and all visitors – in a new way. Please join us. And bring a friend.